The ‘Gunning’ Gap – It is time to propose a fifth rule and address a missing requirement for a lawful consultation.
Two years ago, at the Institute’s first Conference, we invited Lord Justice Sedley to talk about the Gunning Principles – a set of rules for public consultations that have assured him a lasting position in the history of the law of consultation. He first propounded the rules (they were first known as the Sedley propositions) in 1985, so this year we celebrate thirty years of the Gunning Principles. They have increasingly formed the backbone of any judgment on the legality of a consultation. Maybe we should hold a party?